Visitor's guide planned for Poinsett County

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In recent economic development meetings, several people from all over the county have talked about the need for a Poinsett County visitor's guide. Now, such a guide is on the way to becoming a reality.

Bridget Bean, Office Manager for the Poinsett County Democrat Tribune, has been meeting with people around the county to get a visitor's guide off the ground. "There are so many great things to do that people don't know about. I want to try to people to come off the highway and see the great things our county has to offer," Bean said.

She said when she first moved to Trumann in 2010, she had information about things to do in the county. This gave her the idea to get a visitor's guide published.

"Most people think of Poinsett County as a wide spot on the highway between Memphis and Jonesboro," Bean said. "I lived here for several months before I began to find beautiful places like Lake Poinsett and the entire Crowley's Ridge area. There are wonderful museums, quaint little shops and many restaurants featuring delicious home-cooked food and mouth-watering barbecue. It occurred to me that most people who did not grow up here would not be aware of these places."

The purpose of the guide is to let newcomers, visitors and visiting family members know where to stay and what there is to do, see and eat in Poinsett County. There will be sections on hunting, fishing, golf courses, flea markets and antique stores, banks, health care, real estate, churches, schools and museums. The guide will also have local and county maps.

"I wanted it to be a real visitor's guide, not just a community magazine," Bean said.

Bean has already met with County Judge Charles Nix about the guide and is working with the Trumann Chamber of Commerce, Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Marked Tree, Lepanto and other communities in the county to make the guide happen. "I want to stress, this guide is for the entire county," Bean said.

Six thousand copies of the guide will be published to be distributed the week before Labor Day. The guide will be available at local Chambers of Commerce, visitor centers, hotels and motels, restaurants and other places of interest.

Anyone interested in advertising in the visitor's guide may contact the Democrat Tribune office at 870-483-6317 or acossey@democrattribune.com.

"This is not just a newspaper thing or a revenue thing. For me it is a labor of love for Poinsett County," Bean said.

Bean is also holding a contest for a photo or drawing to be featured on the cover of the visitor's guide. Photos or drawings representing Poinsett County may be submitted to bbean@democrattribune.com or Poinsett County Democrat Tribune, P O Box 5, Trumann AR 72472. The best entry will be featured in the paper each week. The contest is open to all ages, and all entries will become the property of the Publisher. Entries will be accepted until July 25.

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